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It is one of the best known towns in Mon State. lt is said that it was once an insignificant village peopled by the Lawa. Later, Mon and Pa O came to settle and maritime intercourse with south Indian states brought about its development into a thriving city. However, there is another contention that it was the first city to be founded by the Mon people. Whatever it may have been, it served as the royal capital for a dynasty of 59 Mon kings.
The name of the town is taken from a not-too-long rest house roofed with galvanized iron standing near the marketplace. A war memorial here holds the graves of 3,770 British, Australian, Dutch and Gurkha prisoners-of-war who died while constructing the infamous "death railway" under supervision of Japanese forces during the Second World War. Bronze grave makers are inscribed with the personal number, rank, name and age.